World update: March 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Nangarhar province on Tuesday by a sticky bomb attached to a fuel truck. At least three people were wounded, and a number of buildings seem to have been damaged. There’s been no claim of responsibility. INDIA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India a couple of weeks ago… Continue reading World update: March 6 2018

World update, August 29 2017

I’m going to be out this evening so you’ll have to make do with a compressed afternoon news update today. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Iraqi forces are clearing out Tal Afar while also pressing their advance against the remaining ISIS forces in the nearby town of Ayadiyah. It’s still too early to say what kind of… Continue reading World update, August 29 2017

Conflict update: February 20 2017

McMaster Gets the Gig Donald Trump has a new national security adviser, and it’s not a name that was on many candidate lists: Lt. General H. R. McMaster. I’ll confess that keeping track of general officers in the US military is not exactly a pastime of mine, so I don’t know much about McMaster. John… Continue reading Conflict update: February 20 2017

Here it is, the most disingenuous argument against the Iran deal

John Bolton (R-YouKiddingMeWithThatMustache) most famously served for a little over a year as George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations, in which capacity he surely must have been the very first UN Ambassador from any country who had once openly wondered whether the world would notice if “ten stories” of the UN building just… Continue reading Here it is, the most disingenuous argument against the Iran deal